Ranking the 21 best ways to make money online in 2017

You probably came here to get some make money online ideas like any alpha would.

When you search make money online, you mostly get scuzzy ideas like filling out surveys or becoming a mystery shopper. Lol. Thats why I hired a researcher and spent 40+ hours putting together this post. It only serves up money-making ideas that can make you good money.

If you wanna go straight to my #1 money-making option, you can shortcut to this quick video.

It will get you up to speed quick:

This guide comes in two parts:

Part 1: ranks the best ways to make money online in 2017

Part 2: money-making trends

As always, the following ideas are ranked according to potential earnings, industry trends, and “time wealth” (the ability for the idea to become automated, thus providing passive income).

For other similar rankings, check out our work from home jobs, MLM, home based business, small business ideas and online business ideas reports.

Without further ramble, here are the best, legitimate ways to make money online in 2017:

21. Survey taking

I put this in mostly as a joke to give you better context why its so basic.

“I don’t wanna learn a skillset and I am too lazy to start a business”, you’re thinking to yourself. Take some surveys online. You’ll make very little.

(Truthfully it shouldn’t have made this list, but I figured I’d throw something in here for people who are lazy)

There are tons of paid survey websites—Pinecone (1), SendEarnings (2) and Swagbucks (3), just to name a few—that can have you earning cash, gift vouchers and prizes.

20. Human intelligence tasks

You’ve probably noticed I write a lot about automation because it can increase productivity and profit. Huge online retailers know this, too, and they automate everything they can. But even in this age of artificial intelligence, some things still require a human being. Such things are called human intelligence tasks, or HITs, and you can earn great money completing them online through portals like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (4).

Tasks like “translate a paragraph from English to French” or “rate the search results for these keywords”.

19. Graphic designer

If you know Photoshop and what CMYK is from RGB, you’re familiar with the chill designer lifestyle. This idea comes in at 19, however, because you gotta be a 1%-er to make great money. The advancement of WordPress themes has killed off many graphic designers the last 5 years. Top graphic designers earn $78K a year and up (5).

18. Freelance writer/editor

Maybe you’ve got an English degree that’s just collecting dust. Maybe you have an eye for spotting errors in written text. Maybe you’re just a natural baller when it comes to words. Whatever the case, if you can write or proofread well, you can make good money online as a freelance writer, like my buddy does on this tactical gear review site.

17. Medical billing

Also known as health information technicians, medical billers are the go-betweens for patients and healthcare providers. And, as you probably guessed, medical billers process and bill for a variety of services given to patients. If you’re thinking, “Not a lot of glamor here,” you’re right. But anyone with a high school diploma or GED can do it, and business is good.

The medical billing industry is expected to grow 22% by 2020, much faster than most other industries. And the pay’s not half bad: the top 10% of medical billers earn more than $56,200 (6).

16. Tax preparing

I hear what you’re thinking. “I don’t even want to do my own taxes, much less other people’s”. But what if you could get paid $100 an hour and up? That’s what experienced tax preppers earn (7).

If you’re good with numbers, helping people and small businesses with their taxes is a market that will never dry up. You need to be certified, but it’s pretty easy. The Income Tax School (8) offers tons of inexpensive programs as short as ten weeks.

15. Web domain flipping

TV reality shows featuring folks flipping houses are a dime a dozen. But did you know you can flip online, too? But instead of houses, you’ll be flipping domains.

“Domain” refers to the root address used to find a site on the Web. For example, the domain of this website is MultipleStreams.org. Domain flipping is just like house flipping—buy a domain, mark it up, sell it for a primo profit. There are even online platforms now, like Flippa, to help you do it. One domain flipper grossed $165K off eight domains in only two months (9)

14. Virtual assisting

A virtual assistant (or “VA”) gives professional administrative, technical, or creative/social support to clients via the Web. VAs work online to handle clients’ emails, make travel arrangements, manage schedules, or anything else a time-strapped client may need. And the VA market is exploding, with growth projected to exceed $5 billion in five years’ time (10).

13. Network marketing

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, this blog does dis network marketing, but network marketing remains one of the best ways to make money online.

If you’re sure you wanna go the MLM route, the better alternative to hitting up your family or well-dressed folk at Whole Foods: Leverage the internet—blogs, video, social media, online ads, and partnerships – to recruit people into your organization.

12. e-Renter

As Airbnb continues to RIP the hotel business, a slew of other sites offering on-demand rentals are taking the Web by storm. And renting homes is so last year. Now, you can rent virtually anything.

Have some nice clothes to rent? Try RentNotBuy (11) or Loanables (12). Want to make some extra cream loaning out your car? RealyRides (13) and GetAround (14) can help. Got some sports gear lying around? Spinlister (15) can rent it.

11. Business consultant

Are you good with research and data? Are you an expert in any particular facet of business? If so, this could be a windfall for you. Trust me. I do a lot of this myself. I use my experience and expertise as an entrepreneur to offer clients advice on how to launch their own businesses. I do it all virtually, and I usually charge around $200 an hour for the service.

10. Video producer

Video producers are in high demand. You gotta be talented, though, otherwise you’ll blend in with the masses. All you need is talent, editing software, a camera, and a knack for spotting trends and for determining what’s likely to go viral (like the ones you see in your Facebook timeline everyday).

9. Social media influencer

Social media influencers are online personalities with big followings. Because of an influencer’s following, companies will pay them—tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes—to promote the companies’ brands.

This is mostly an Instagram or Youtube thing. If you’ve got a following, start getting your “deal-making” on. Influencers get paid up to $300K per contract in some cases (16)

8. On-demand app creator

Global app downloads are predicted to break the 250 billion mark by 2017 (17). That’s 100-times growth in five years. These days, every business wants an app. If you can create them, on-demand apps could offer an endless revenue stream.

7. Web developer

Although you’ll have to have a killer sense of style and baller UI skills, a lot of what goes into web design can be learned online. CreativeLive (18) offers affordable (and sometimes free) virtual classes on the foundations of modern web design.

Okay. So visual artistry isn’t your thing. You can always try web development instead. If design is the facade of a website, development is the structure. The web developer is the guy who engineers the code that makes websites work. Codecademy (19) offers inexpensive online courses that will give you a solid foundation in web development in as little as a few weeks.

6. Facebook Ads consultant

If you’re a boss at Facebook ads, there are thousands of businesses that wanna work with you. Period. You can either take over their ad campaigns (hard to scale) or start offering your own Facebook Ads coaching service (easier to scale) through a video vault or private Facebook group.

5. e-Commerce

E-commerce shopping in the U.S. is expected to grow by 45% this year alone (20), and by 2018, online sales will reach $500 billion.  Make your own products or go the affiliate route (Affiliate networks, Amazon, Alibaba). Think: Multiple streams.

4. Content creator

“Content is king.” That’s what all the experts say. If you want to develop an online moneymaking skillset in crazy high demand, this is it.

Finding good content providers has been one of the greatest challenges for my businesses. There’re a lot of hacks out there—I call them content “pretenders.” But if you can write a baller article or post, produce a killer video, or design breathtaking infographics, you’re in high demand. Bloated corporate budgets will love what you bring to the table.

3. SEO consulant

According to Webopedia, “Search engine optimization is a methodology of strategies, techniques, and tactics used to increase the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine.” And as the internet becomes even more crowded, search engine optimization (or SEO) grows even higher in demand.

The great news is with a little study anybody can do it. The Moz SEO guide (21) is a good place to get a head start.

2. Social media marketer

The only thing bigger than SEO right now might be social media marketing, and there are countless businesses out there that simply can’t afford an SMM department. If you have a sixth sense about what’s gonna get shared, you can help them.

As a lone social media manager, you can average $108K a year (22). But grow your clientele and hire on some virtual staff and you can run an agency online.

1. Lead generator

“Lead generation again?” I hear you thinking. I know local lead generation often lands the top spot on these lists, but it’s just too painless and profitable to ignore.

It’s an easy, three-step process:

1) Build out websites with niche, local content (like “how to open a weed dispensary in Colorado” or “pet-friendly Miami”)

2) Get the sites ranking on Google and capture leads to give to businesses

3) Sell the leads to local businesses on a commission or pay-per-lead model

Why is this #1? Low barrier of entry, it can be infinitely scaled, automated and there isn’t tons of competition. Yet. Our coaching program has people who’ve built 30k/mo agencies – even 100k/mo agencies – using this model.

Part 2: Online money-making trends

Not long ago, if you wanted to make extra money you took on a second job, with a second workplace, a second commute, a second boss, and all the headaches. Not so anymore. Thanks to the Web, if you want to make a little extra money today, all you need is an internet connection and some ingenuity.

But certain things never change. Commerce is commerce whether it’s face-to-face or avatar-to-avatar, and as always, commerce is governed by trends. And when it comes to making money online, there are three key trends driving profitability. I call them the “3Ms,” and they are

1) Mobile

If you want to make money online, you have to understand that most people are interacting from their smartphones. Whether you’re selling goods or providing a service, it means everything—from your websites to your emails—has to be mobile-friendly. Anything less is like concealing the entrance to your storefront.

Google’s mobile-friendliness analyzer (23). Enter a website and this tool will tell you how mobile-friendly it is, and make optimization recommendations.

2) Millennials

The numbers were pretty grim for a while there. Millennial employment was teetering somewhere between egregious and embarrassing. But the slack has been slowly seeping from the 25 to 34 year old cohort, and, according to Business Insider, “There is a long uptrend in 25 to 34 employment coming (24).”

Increased employment means increased spending, and this from the largest consumer group since the Baby Boomers. By 2020, Millennial spending will account for 30% of all U.S. retail sales, or roughly $1.4 trillion (25)!

Bottom line: if you want to make money online, you have to understand the Millennial mindset. This article from Shopify is a good place to start (26).

3) Automation

From drones that deliver packages to robots that pack and ship them, everything is trending toward mechanization these days. We talked about it earlier in this article, where I called it “automation.” But it’s all the same phenomenon. Greater automation means greater profit for less work, and you have to understand this equation if you want to make money online.

Whether you’re running a business or just gig working online, automation offers you “time wealth.”

In closing, I haven’t been shy about why local lead generation is my #1 pick because its the best money-making opportunity out there.

If you think I am wrong, I’d love to hear why and I’ll Paypal you $500 if I think you’re right.

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Jeremy Page

Jeremy Page created Multiple Streams for ballers, big thinkers and online business owners. You can follow him on Instagram here.

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